Thank you from Bradford Hospitals’ Charity and Bradford Teaching Hospitals
We would like to thank you all for your incredible support during the Covid-19 crisis.
You have donated more than £250,000 to our NHS Hospital Heroes Appeal!
Our charity has been co-ordinating fundraising efforts and donations via this appeal since it was launched in March.
As proud members of NHS Charities Together, we are also fortunate to benefit from money raised by people across the UK as part of its national Emergency Covid-19 Appeal.
We have also been inundated with donations of food and drink, toiletries, PPE and scrubs. While some have been donated by businesses, schools and other charities, many have also been paid for and donated by individuals from across the district.
Mel Pickup, Chief Executive of Bradford Teaching Hospitals and Bradford Hospitals’ Charity, said: “I cannot thank the people of Bradford enough for the kindness and generosity they have shown throughout this crisis.
“We have been overwhelmed with donations and we are truly grateful for everything we have received. We are listening to our staff and will be using the funds raised locally and nationally to support them during this crisis and long after it has ended.
“These are really tough times for us here at the Trust, but we are made of strong stuff and it really helps to know that we have the people of Bradford behind us.”
Max McLean, Chair of Bradford Teaching Hospitals and Bradford Hospitals’ Charity, launched the NHS Hospital Heroes Appeal on 27 March. He said: “The people of Bradford have really stepped up in this crisis. They have shown just how much they value and appreciate the sacrifices our NHS workers are making by going to great lengths to help in any way they can. Your support means so much to us all.”
Hayley Collis, head of fundraising for Bradford Hospitals’ Charity, said: “Our charity has worked in partnership with Bradford Teaching Hospitals since the NHS was formed, more than 70 years ago, funding millions of pounds worth of kit, projects, research, training and staff support over the years.
“Our Trust, and the NHS as a whole, is facing a crisis like never before, which is why we launched our NHS Hospital Heroes appeal. With the funds we raise and the donations we receive, we will ensure our hospital staff, and the patients they are so selflessly caring for, are looked after and supported in the very best way possible.
“Thank you, Bradford, for your incredible response to our appeal. We will be forever grateful.”
We are now planning for the months ahead and working to establish how we, as a charity, and our Trust can meet the needs of our staff in the most efficient and timely way possible. So can we politely request that, if you would like to continue your support, you make a cash donation instead of donating items. This will allow us to manage stock levels of the most needed items, and it will mean our staff can concentrate their efforts on distributing them to the areas across the Trust where they are required most urgently.
Again, a heartfelt thank you for your unwavering support throughout this crisis. Our staff will continue to provide the highest quality of care and treatment, which the people of this wonderful city deserve.
You can donate money via our Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/campaign/BTHFTCovid-19
- £10 could pay for a comfort pack for staff having to stay overnight at short notice.
- £20 could pay for a return taxi to work so that a member of staff does not need to use the bus.
- £50 could stock a snack area for staff working long hours.
- £100 could pay for a hotel room for staff needing to stay close to the hospital or isolate from their families to keep working.
- £1,000 could pay for a hydration station to remain fully stocked with drinks and snacks for a ward for an entire month.
The Trust will decide where the money is needed and will ensure your donations are spent to support staff through this crisis.
You can also send messages of support! This is such a tough time for everyone in the NHS and we would love to know you have our backs! Your messages will make a big difference during the difficult days and nights ahead.
You can send messages of support via Twitter, tagging @BTHFTcharity and @BTHFT.
To find out how you can support out NHS Hospital Heroes, visit our appeal page.